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An account of the ravages committed in Ceylon by small-pox.

Author Thomas Christie
Title An account of the ravages committed in Ceylon by small-pox.
Imprint Cheltenham: J. & S. Griffith
Date of Publication 1811
Language English
Notes Rare printing of a detailed report by Scottish physician Thomas Christie (1773-1829) of the effects of smallpox epidemics in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka). Christie had served as medical superintendent-general on the island in the early 1800s and had introduced a successful programme of free of charge inoculation to counter the ravages of the disease. Although the native population were initially reluctant to be inoculated, they became gradually convinced so that by end of 1806 more than 50,000 people had been inoculated, and more than 25,000 in 1809 alone. Christie returned to Britain in 1809 and graduated as a doctor of medicine at Marischal college, Aberdeen, 24th June, 1809, he settled in Cheltenham, and published his account there.
Shelfmark RB.s.2918
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 18/12/15
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